John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) was one of the great literary figures of the twentieth century. Pre-eminently a dramatist, novelist and social commentator many of his works have become literary classics, among them The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. His plays have been translated and performed all over the world and many have been filmed. During the Second World War his regular Sunday night Postscript radio talks attracted audiences of up to 15 million listeners. It was said that he was as popular and as important as Churchill in shoring up the nation's morale and in offering a vision of a better world to come. He was also a founder member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a champion of public lending rights and represented the UK at two UNESCO conferences. In literary, social and political terms he was very much the last great man of English letters.
"A novel by a man who thoroughly enjoys the whole spectacle of life and can communicate his enjoyment." The Daily Telegraph; "This is a superb example of his ability. It is packed with life and death and real people and colour and smells and the sounds of music and the tastes of food and drink." The Observer; "The whole fabric of the few lives, are opened up to us with a warm and generous assiduity that is entirely convincing... magnificent." The Times; "A lost classic from the teeming world of Depression-era London." DJ Taylor